Google IO 2015 Coverage

Coalition of tech companies, others urge Obama to reject encrypted data backdoors

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Leading tech companies like Apple and Google, along with a host of cryptologists and other advisors, have penned a letter to President Obama urging him to protect privacy rights from attempts by law enforcement agencies to create backdoors to encrypted phone data. The move is in response to several months of statements from officials like FBI Director James Comey who have criticized tech companies for building encryption into their devices possibly at the expense of public safety. Against that fear, the letter notes that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Read more

Microsoft opens beta testing for Office for Android on smartphones

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This past January Microsoft released Office for Android on tablet devices that were at least 7-inches in size. Today they announced another step in their effort to make the suite of desktop applications truly cross-platform and cross-device with the launch of beta testing of the app on Android smartphones. Microsoft says the interfaces for Word, Excel and PowerPoint have all been optimized for use on Android phones while preserving formatting and content. Read more

New Light Phone wants to be “your phone away from phone”

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In some areas of the U.S., the tiny house movement is leading consumers to build small, simple houses and eschewing the size and complexity of most normal houses. A new project on Kickstarter appears to be bringing a similar mindset to cell phones. The Light Phone is being designed as a credit card-sized cell phone that does one thing – phone calls. The device is being marketed as a way for people to get away from all of the distractions and intrusions created by today’s typical smartphones. Read more

Sales of Samsung Galaxy S6 reach 10 million units

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Samsung is expecting big things from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge this year. After last year’s Galaxy S5 missed sales targets, it’s imperative that the Galaxy S6 get off to a great start.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been available for a little over month now, and it appears that Samsung is on track for a very solid year. They just announced that sales of the Galaxy S6 have reached 10 million units.

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LG unveils affordable alternatives to the G4, the G4 Stylus and G4c

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LG has confirmed the existence of both the previously leaked G4c and the G4 Stylus by officially announcing them today in Seoul.

The G4 Stylus appears to be more economical Galaxy Note competitor. As the name implies, a Rubberdium Stylus is included for easy note taking or drawing. The phone sports a 5.7-inch HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core (LTE version) or 1.4 GHz octa-core (3G version) procesor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP (LTE) or 8MP (3G) rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. I should note that the camera includes laser autofocus, but it does not include optical image stabilization or that amazing f/1.9 aperture found on the G4. You will have your choice of Floral White or Metallic Silver and it starts shipping to carriers and retailers over the next several weeks. It will be called the G Stylo in North America and Korea.

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